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How do I disable the passenger side airbag on a 2011 Chevy Impala?

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  • Tim Berry Jul 26, 2013

    First off, thank you for posting something, even if it's not a "solution" lol. Yours seems to be the common outlook, based on the info I've found online. I'm working on several makes models and years of vehicles for wich I have the same stumbling block. I'm installing laptop/communication docks and NEED to disable the SRS to avoid injury and product damage.

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    Stephen Jul 26, 2013

    To be honest, I was not going to reply at all since your questions looked alot like bogus spam. We get that kind of stuff every day on this website. And I should tell you the folks who answer questions (like me) are volunteers. But my answer is a true answer, there is no actual solution. The only thing you might look into is what the police depts do with their cars since they have a laptop and no front seat passenger. As for regular citizens, its against federal law to tamper with the SRS components so I doubt a shop would touch it.

  • Tim Berry Jul 26, 2013

    Thanks again for responding, especially given the appearance of my question. I'm looking into a keyed over ride to solve my issue, but thought I'd first check to see if there were a simpler and more cost effective solution. As far as your comment on a shop not touching this, in this instance "I" am the shop. lol

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    Stephen Jul 26, 2013

    Based on what I know from the past 20 years since air bags were introduced, police cars are equipped with modified computers that allow for the passenger side to be turned off. Once the cars are taken out of service the computers are "recoded" back to stock form. I'm not aware of anyone outside of the police garages that have access to the programming but its possible you can find it underground. Most insurance companies will not honor a claim when the system has been modified, and the feds take a dim view of it as well. Good Luck.

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    Stephen Jul 26, 2013

    Some models have retrofit on-off switch kits available from the manufacturer, but you have to get a letter from the NHTSA and that requires a letter from a doctor for a passenger with a medical condition.

  • Tim Berry Jul 26, 2013

    I have a "blanket" authorization from the NHTSA so that's not an issue. I've found a "universal" keyed over ride but the company is quoting me close to $200 per unit, and I need 25 of them.That's why I was researching other options.

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Generally speaking, you don't. Only trucks give you the option of turning off the passenger side airbag in the event you are hauling a child car seat.
You could unplug the air bag, but then the entire system would be disabled.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

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SOURCE: passenger side mirror

If you need to replace the entire mirror - it's a little involved. First you need to take the upper extension panel off from behind the mirror (black triangle) - just pull it of starting at the top. It will snap back on later. Next - remove the different screws holding the door panel in place (not the ones behind the mirror yet!) One is under the handle (pull it out and pull out the filler panel - small plastic thing that has a hole to pry it out). Then take off the rear red light - also pops off - and remove that screw. Finally - pick up the rubber filler where your fingers pull the door shut and remove these torx bolts.

Now is the tricky part. Snapp off the entire interior panel. It will pop off - but very difficult. It will sound like it is breaking! Start at the outer bottom corner - and use a door panel remover tool - check Amazon or E-bay - to keep from breaking things. Pull it out from all around the bottom and sides and then lift it up over the door lock. It good to have a friend help here. The panel will still be held on by a cable - that is your door release - leave it alone and let the panel hang by it (or better, put a box under it to rest on).

Now...remove the three bolts holding the mirror on - have a friend help hold the mirror while you do this or it will scratch your new car! Since the inner panel is off - you can also disonnect the mirror plus and remove it. It sounds silly - but the only reason to remove the door panel is to unplug it!

Get you new mirror and reverse the steps.

If you are just replacing the glass (non-heated) - get a replacement from the dealer. Adjust the mirror all the way to the inside and reach behind and pop it off. CAREFUL - put tape over the entire glass as it will likely break even more! Remove your connectors if heated - and replace (and reconnect) with your new glass. It just pops back on!

Replacing glass is easy - just be careful of cheap imitations on e-abay). And never use cheap flat glass on the passenger side! The DOT has special requirements for mirror glass - buy it from gmpartsdirect.com or your local dealer.

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I have the same issue (which comes and goes often).
It is caused by a loose wire connection, used for the drivers side airbag located in the seat.. The connector for mine is located under the front drivers seat. There are a couple of connectors that are connected to a bar under the front of the seat. I don't recall which one is used for the Airbag sensor.

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SOURCE: air conditioning problems with 2000 impala

What stuff did you put in it? You might need a freon recharge.

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SOURCE: 2005 Chevy Impala driver's side heat blows cold.

First....buy a drivers side air flow actuator at a auto parts place for dual zone heating/cooling.
(NAPA etc will have it.....or the dealer)
Open the glove compartment.....all the way....you may have to take the screws out at the bottom......look in at the heater assembly....look over to the left....you will see the two air flow actuators.
Look at the part you have and match it to the part on the heater assembly.
The actuator that is closest to the engine is the drivers side control.
Replace it.
Try your controls and check for heat and cooling on both sides.
The stepper motor in these actuators goes bad on quite a few...but over look that.....you have a great car,good for many miles of trouble free driving.


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SOURCE: 2001 Chevy Silverado Ext Cab airbag light won't turn off

umm not sure on the 02 but sounds like u are looking at the passengers side air bag light when that lights on means there is a problem with it and its not working so if its off that would be the problem and the reason it turns on some of thiem have a x2 symbol on thiem to let u know its the passenger side

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